Atomic City D-7 Build

Discussion in 'Studio Scale Models' started by SteveNeill, Mar 24, 2012.

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  1. SteveNeill

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    Well guys here it is. This is a customer build and I'll take you through all the steps. This is a fine model and Studio Scale. I plan to back light the base similar to what I did with the Enterprise B with a bit of plex and some red LEDS.

    Here is the video:

    Klingon D-7 Part One


    Here we go again. ;)

    Steve
     
  2. Boba Flint

    Boba Flint Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    Steve,
    I'm at the point of painting one of these. I was going to do a build thread but I spent so much time in pin hole hell with this kit I forgot to take pics. I'd fill a few pin holes then sand the putty smooth but the sanding would reveal 8 more pin holes,fill those, sand, more are revealed, etc. The front of the nacells were so full of them that I had to use my apoxie sculpt and try to rebuild/ sculpt those areas.

    I hope your build goes smoother than mine.
     
  3. trooper

    trooper Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    dang! i was going to buy one of these....now....maybe not:unsure

    i dont need that kind of grief
     
  4. SteveNeill

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    Guys I noticed no pin holes at all. all I'm going to do is wash and primer. If you order one deal with Scott directly and point that out to him so that doesn't happen. Most of the time (as I make kits too) you don't realize they are there until you do some sanding. There o way to no if you're the maker. And with garage kits you will always have bubbles to a greater of lesser degree.

    Steve
     
  5. CaptCBoard

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    Flint--

    Is it only the nacelles you are having this problem with or is it other parts. I ask because your nacelles were the 2nd or 3rd parts out of a new mold, where I changed how the part was oriented in the mold. I can send you new parts, which should not have this problem. Sometimes repositioning a part in a new mold can backfire!

    This offer goes for any of my kits-- if a part is giving you grief, just let me know and I'll send replacements. I don't want anyone having trouble with anything I make!

    Scott
     
  6. mobius303

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    Looks like a fun kit. I look forward to seeing it come together.
    Mobius
     
  7. Prefect42

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    Steve,

    It's like Christmas around here quite a bit with you. Keep those videos coming.

    And Scott, now that is customer service.

    Ted.
     
  8. trekman1017

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    Could you please post some pictures?
     
  9. Boba Flint

    Boba Flint Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    "Most of the time (as I make kits too) you don't realize they are there until you do some sanding."

    That is what happened with my kit. The problem was they kept appering everytime I filled and sanded the ones I saw.
    I'm not saying this is normal for Scott's kits, just one mine.

    Scott,
    There is no need to replace the parts. I appreciate your offer. My latest coat of primer looks like I got them all. The biggest proble I had on the nacells is where you poured the resin. They looked fine but on further inspection I could see there was a very thin skin of resin and just beneth them were masses of air bubbles. I just used a knife and cut away the skin then packed it with epoxy putty and reshaped the area.

    Here are a the few pics I took.

     
  10. feek61

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    I have had one of these in the closet for a few years and it's that one special model that I have really been looking forward to devoting some time to. Looking very much forward to your build Steve and seeing what tricks I can learn from you.


    Will
     
  11. SteveNeill

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    Thanks guys. As for those bubbles I have yet to fine any so far. And Scott thanks for commenting and making such a great offer.

    As for pictures i will put some up as I go along but it will most be video as I have to post on about 8 forums a week or daily sometimes, keep up with me two websites and my blog over multitudes of subjects of projects going on at the same time. So bare with me.

    Steve
     
  12. SteveNeill

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  13. trooper

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    the tooling is very impressive.
    steve, i so look forward to your vidoes, you such wonderful work. i always learn something.

    curious about the monster your making for the scifi channel :)
     
  14. Spheric Thor

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    Steve,

    It is looking great so far and waiting with anticipation to see it lighted and painted.

    Chris
     
  15. KUROK

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    I have one of these kits stored away too and I definitely want to see how Steve tackles this one!
     
  16. feek61

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    Looking good Steve!!!

    Shouldn't this thread be in the Studio Scale section?
     
  17. SteveNeill

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    Thanks guys but the credit goes to Scott. The man makes a good kit. Plain and simple.

    I don't think they know who I am over there? that's sort off the Undiscovered Country for me. LOL

    Art moved me over here with the big enterprise because it wasn't studio scale. Busier goes off!!! Wrong! Greg Gein built and 66 inch E for Deep space 9 making it...you guessed it...Studio scale! LOL!

    Steve
     
  18. trooper

    trooper Sr Member RPF PREMIUM MEMBER

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    but according to atomic city the D-7 is a studio scale model....or am i missing something ???
     
  19. SteveNeill

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    Yes it is and so was my 66 inch Enterprise but I usually always post here. That's it.

    steve
     
  20. Prefect42

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    To paraphrase Kirk, "Second forum on the right and straight on to Steve's work, Mr. Sulu."

    They're a nice bunch over there but for me, there's just something about seeing your work here, Steve.

    Looking forward to the rest of the videos for this build but especially the one with the window work. That's a really cool idea about using brass rod with the putty to get the shape perfect.

    And by the way Steve, you make Mr. Scott look like a slacker.:lol

    Ted.
     
  21. SteveNeill

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    Thanks Ted! you guys should see the Ghost busters pack he built. Looks better than the one's we used in the movie. I know because I worked heavily on the first one. ;)

    Steve
     
  22. ZOMBIEREPELLENT

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    I sure hope they looked a lot better in the original than they do now days :/

    I've built a few myself. Getting ready to mold my third one in a few days!

    Build is looking great man. I can't wait to see the finished product!
     
  23. trooper

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    :lol hahaaaa you got moved to studio scale :lol:lol

    looking forward to your next video steve.
     
  24. Aztek Dummy

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    Steve,
    Are you going two or three colors on this beauty?
    I've built it both ways and I have to say that the three tone really looks better.

    let me know if you need masks for the windows

    cheers
     
  25. healvis

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    Steve your doing a great job, but can I ask if it's possible to put the camera on your workbench so it faces you instead of the over the shoulder angle.
    Thanks Steve. As always it's just a suggestion.:)
    John.
     
  26. Engelnicht

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    I am so excited to see this thread! I noticed in the video that you said the electronics will be in the front of the ship. Does that mean you won't be lighting the engines?
     
  27. SteveNeill

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    Thanks guys. Studio scale. you mean where the beautiful real model makers are. Oh one we can't have that. Someone might take me seriously! LOL!!

    Now get art to move the Big E over here because it was here and he moved it to general when it was all along a studio scale model. Didn't Greg Gein build the same exact size for Deep Space nine?? Well then?

    Look back to windows and I'll try to move that camera. ;)

    Steve
     
  28. SteveNeill

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    They never lighted a thing on this model for TOS. So no i won't be lighting the engines. this model is pure Studio Scale and no previsions were made to light it. Even the hammer head I had to mill out to open windows. The engines are solid resin.

    Thanks,

    steve
     
  29. Engelnicht

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    Excellent. I can't wait for the next video. Also, I'd love to see you tackle a Klingon BoP. That is one of my favorite Trek ships, next to the Defiant.
     
  30. trooper

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    i sent a pm to art...maybe he can see his way into fixing this :)

    ''you mean where the beautiful real model makers are" im not going to say your beautiful steve, but your work surely is :)
     
  31. SteveNeill

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    Ahahah! Just having fun. Yes Greg built it and here it is with the gang!

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  32. trooper

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    I like that space station behind them :eek
     
  33. Engelnicht

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    That was my favorite TOS episode, and my absolute favorite DS9 episode. Not only for the story, but for Terry Farrell's period correct micromini dress! Yowza!
     
  34. SteveNeill

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  35. trooper

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    i love the window trick, thats awsome :)
     
  36. Spheric Thor

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    Great job on the windows.
     
  37. SteveNeill

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    Thanks Trooper. Thanks Chris!

    Steve
     
  38. mobius303

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    The windows turned out great .....wow you make it look so easy to do too.
    Thanks for sharing the build Steve.
     
  39. SteveNeill

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    Hey thanks!
     
  40. KUROK

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    Steve would it be easier to just hog out windows oversize and define them later with masking at paint time?
     
  41. SteveNeill

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    You could.

    steve
     
  42. cedakota

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    I was curious about if I purchased one of these and stored it til I had time to work on it, would it shrink or warp?
     
  43. SteveNeill

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    No it shouldn't. It's solid resin no mix of materials and properly cast.

    steve
     
  44. Spheric Thor

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    The kit that Steve is working on is five years old.
     
  45. SteveNeill

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    No warps I can find.
     
  46. Jedi Dade

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    I've built 2 of these kits and both kits were absolutely perfect. I had zero warpage issues.

    watching this I wish I had the guts to hog out that bridge and light the windows... while its more "correct" I suppose with the decals it just seems "right" to light that bad boy...

    Jedi Dade
     
  47. SteveNeill

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    I came up with a better way to do the windows today. Took all day but after you guys see the video tomorrow night you'll never do it any other way.

    More tomorrow.

    steve
     
  48. SteveNeill

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  49. Clerval

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    I know this can be frustrating stuff, but I do dig the problem solving you throw at not settling for one look or 'good enough'.

    Every video I think, 'Man, never going to be enough time or projects to put to use all the coolness I see in action/am learning.'

    Thanks for these!
     
  50. SmilingOtter

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    Nice. And, if I might say so, a bold move replacing the front of the bridge section.

    A question: did the clear flexible plastic windows replace the use of the dental acrylic?
     
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